Category Archives: Wears Valley

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All Pro Group’s Corporate Division

Welcome to All Pro Group! Since 1995, Jeff Schoenfield has worked in Sevier County, Tennessee real estate and has been committed to providing the most professional real estate service possible. From that time to today, All Pro Group has expanded its operations to include additional services and business branches that are designed to meet the same standard of quality and excellence that Jeff and his team of managers have been successful at exceeding since 1995.

All Pro Group includes:
* All Pro Realtors
* All Pro Property Management Services
* Wall Street Storage
* All Pro Storage

Dedicated to superb and professional service regardless of the business division, All Pro Group is proud to serve East Tennessee from our office in Sevierville, TN.

See more on All Pro Group’s Corporate Divisions at https://allprogroup.us/.

Important Smoky Mountain Travel News – May 9th

As the state of Tennessee is beginning its first stages of re-opening tourism and general business, much is going in during this initial transition: some places have opened, some places are beginning to re-open and some places will not be opening for a bit. Additionally, some events have been rescheduled and some have been cancelled for this year entirely.

Due to the nature of slowly transitioning out of social distancing, information on what and when for re-opening is highly de-centralized at the moment, so we would like to help pass on current news for openings and other pertinent travel information coming up this month and further for travel preparation and consideration.

* Gatlinburg 4th of July Parade Has Been Cancelled *
From WBIR.com:

“Gatlinburg officials said the city’s Fourth of July parade is canceled for a second year in a row due to public health concerns. The city will plan new patriotic events for families who want to celebrate while following social distancing guidelines, officials said in a Tuesday press release.”

See full article by clicking here.

 

* Gatlinburg Release on Re-openings *
From gatlinburgtn.gov, dated April 29th, 2020:

“Safety precautions and sanitization procedures will be handled at all City facilities to help keep the community, residents, employees and visitors safe. All City facilities will be heavily sanitized during the phased reopening.

The City has purchased foggers to help with sanitizing and disinfecting facilities and will regularly clean facilities to help reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19. Hand sanitizing stations will be placed in public lobby areas in City facilities as well.”

The City has purchased foggers to help with sanitizing and disinfecting facilities and will regularly clean facilities to help reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19. Hand sanitizing stations will be placed in public lobby areas in City facilities as well.

Plans are also in place to install signage throughout the City in visible areas outlining CDC practices on preventing the spread of COVID-19.

On Friday, May 1, the McMahan/Parkway parking garage in downtown Gatlinburg will reopen, as will the public restrooms at the garage. The public restrooms located at the Gatlinburg Convention Center will also reopen.

Also on Friday, May 1, the Gatlinburg Golf Course clubhouse will reopen. The course has remained open for play during the COVID-19 pandemic.

On Monday, May 4, the administrative offices located at Gatlinburg City Hall, including the City’s Finance Department, Building and Planning Department, Police Department and Fire Department, will reopen to the public. The administrative offices located at the Schilling Center, will also reopen on this date.

On Monday, May 18, all Gatlinburg City Parks – Mynatt Park, Mills Park and Herbert Holt Park – will open for public use. Upon initial opening, playgrounds and pavilions will remain closed at each park.

The Gatlinburg Community Center will also reopen to the public on May 18, with reduced operating hours and restrictions on the amount of patrons allowed in areas of the building. The Tone Zone portion of the building will be the only space open to the public, in accordance with the April 28 release of the Tennessee Pledge pertaining to gyms. Operating hours will be 6 a.m. until 8 p.m. Monday through Friday.

The Anna Porter Public Library plans to reopen its facility in phases on Monday, May 18. The library will limit the number of patrons to 10 at a time through the end of May, and hold temporary operating hours of 10 a.m until 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Staff will wear masks and gloves when interacting with the public and the public will be allowed to access computers for 30 minutes at a time, with social distancing practices applied. Desks will be sanitized after each use.

Rocky Top Sports World is actively following the guidelines and directions presented from the Governor’s office and CDC while coordinating with County and City offices. Because of the continued fluidity of the COVID19 situation, no opening date has been determined. Rocky Top Sports World is working diligently on events currently scheduled and continues to focus on venue cleanliness, safety and health.

The municipal parking garage located at Ripley’s Aquarium will be reopened at the same time as the Aquarium opens to the public. A resumption of Gatlinburg Trolley Services will be announced at a later date.”

* Pigeon Forge Local Business Opening Status *
The Mypigeonforge.com site hosts scheduled information in separate, downloadable files.

For Pigeon Forge attractions, click here:
For Pigeon Forge restaurants, click here:
For Pigeon Forge retail, click here:
For Pigeon Forge grocery store information, click here:

More information on Pigeon Forge’s re-openings, updated frequently, can be found at https://www.mypigeonforge.com/planning/travel-resources#business-closed.

 

* Sevierville Partial Re-opening of Parks and Recreations *
From https://www.seviervilletn.org:

“Sevierville city parks will reopen on May 18, 2020 with certain restrictions, including:

* All playgrounds, basketball courts, baseball/softball fields, soccer fields, and swimming pools remain closed indefinitely;

* Walking trails and tennis courts are open, social distancing of at least six feet will be enforced;

* Picnic shelters will be open, but groups must be less than ten persons;

* The PetSafe Dog Park is open, but each area (small dog and large dog) will be limited to less than ten persons and each person is limited to 45 minutes per visit; and

* Cemetery Park will be limited to less than ten people.

Some areas of the Sevierville Community Center will reopen on May 18, 2020 with certain restrictions. The gymnasium, swimming pool, locker rooms, and racquetball courts remain closed indefinitely. All children’s programs are suspended indefinitely.

The Bowling Center will be open 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Friday.”

See more details by clicking here.

 

As more significant information becomes available, we will post new information on our blog here. Thank you and stay safe!

Featured Spotlight: Smoky Mountain General Store Carrier Services

Smoky Mountain General Store is now offering pick up and delivery carrier services in the Smoky Mountain region. For those who need to transport documents, items, gifts or something else within Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg, Sevierville, Knoxville, Wears Valley, Townsend and communities nearby and in-between locally without having to go through the Post Office or UPS, this is an excellent service that will work perfectly for your transportation needs!

Contact John Saunders at Smoky Mountain General Store for carrier services at 865-429-3129 or saundersproductions2002@yahoo.com.

Upcoming Tennessee Fall Festivals For 2019

Looking around at upcoming Fall Festivals going on in East Tennessee for this year, we have this short, but to the point, list to share with some great considerations for a wonderful Autumn in our part of the world!

More information on Autumn will come in later posts as the season develops. For now, take a look at this:

* Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion
Bristol, TN.
September 20-22, 2019
https://www.birthplaceofcountrymusic.org/festival/lineup/2019-festival-lineup/

* Dollywood’s Harvest Festival and Great Pumpkin LumiNights
Pigeon Forge, TN.
September 27-November 2, 2019
https://www.dollywood.com/themepark/Entertainment/GreatPumpkinLuminights

* Oktoberfest at Ober
Gatlinburg, TN.
September 27-November 3, 2019
https://www.gatlinburg.com/event/oktoberfest-at-ober/

* Old Mill Heritage Day
Pigeon Forge, TN.
September 28, 2019
https://www.mypigeonforge.com/event/old-mill-heritage-day

* Fried Pickle Festival
Loudon, TN.
September 28, 2019
https://www.facebook.com/friedpicklefestival1/

* HoLa Festival
Knoxville, TN.
September 28-29, 2019
https://www.visitknoxville.com/event/hola-festival/6795/

* Smoky Mountain Harvest Festival Tunes and Tales
Gatlinburg, TN.
October 2-24, 2019
https://www.gatlinburg.com/event/smoky-mountain-harvest-festival-tunes-and-tales/

* Wears Valley Fall Fest
Wears Valley, TN.
October 18-20, 2019
https://www.wearsvalleyfallfest.com/

* October Sky Festival
Oliver Springs, TN.
October 19, 2019
http://www.octoberskyfestivaltn.org/

* Mountain Makins
Morristown, TN.
October 26-27, 2019
https://www.rosecenter.org/mountain-makins

* Lakeside of the Smokies Balloon Fest
White Pine, TN.
October 26-27, 2019
https://www.tnvacation.com/events/white-pine-lakeside-smokies-balloon-fest

* Knoxville Fall Festival
Knoxville, TN.
October 27, 2019
http://knoxgarden.org/calendar/10th-annual-fall-festival/

* Gatlinburg Craftsmens Fair
Gatlinburg, TN.
October 10-27, 2019
https://craftsmenfair.com/

Winterfest Surprise Update

Some surprise news about Winterfest this year as reported by WVLT.com:

SEVIER COUNTY, Tenn. (WVLT) — Sevier County leaders announced they’ll delay the start of Smoky Mountain Winterfest this year.

The three cities have decided to hold off turning on the 15 million winter lights until later in November, not the first week as they’ve done for the past 29 years.

City leaders said this comes after many businesses wanted to enjoy fall a little longer. Many businesses argued that they spent a lot of money on fall decorations and wanted customers to enjoy them longer.

Pigeon Forge’s Director of Tourism said the change comes because fall lasts longer.

“Over the last two years, you’ve had fall decorations and winter decorations, sort of sends a confusing message. So the three cities got together and decided that we would be better off pushing the lights back,” said Leon Downey, City of Pigeon Forge tourism director.

Pigeon Forge said they will have a community celebration in December, and does not plan on a Winterfest kickoff event this year.

The holiday light display ends sooner as well, Winterfest will end just after Valentine’s Day in 2020.

Date changes

Winterfest lights: November 22-February 17

Pigeon Forge community celebration will be on Dec. 5 at the community center.”

Guest Post: Driving Through Wears Valley

The following blog post was sent to us by a couple that recently visited Wears Valley for a rainy afternoon and took a drive through part of the new Foothills Parkway addition that connects Wears Valley to Townsend through the new extension. They wanted to tell us about their visit and showcase some pictures and video they took:

“Hello! We recently had the opportunity to take a little afternoon drive through Wears Valley as my husband and I hadn’t been through there in a while and wanted to find the Foothills Parkway entrance [from there].

We unfortunately chose a time of the day when the storm clouds were covering the sky and didn’t know if it was going to burst or not, so the pictures and video we took probably don’t look as great as pictures people take when it’s bright and sunny out, but oh well! My husband and I like storm clouds, anyway.

We couldn’t tour much of Wears Valley, so we decided on only a couple stops along before the Foothills Parkway. We didn’t eat yet and we really like donuts, so the first place we wanted to try to get some energy to start with. I had a glazed donut and a blueberry donut and they certainly woke me up! A nice treat that I plan to get the next time I come back through here. My husband had a chocolate iced and a maple frosted. He seemed to like the chocolate one more than the maple (he’s a chocohollic, so no surprise there) but he shared my sentiment of coming back to repeat the order. After that, we went next door to the Wears Valley Antique Gallery. I’ve been here a few times before, but it had been a few years since the last time and maybe a third of the store had been remodeled or was different than last time. They still had some really neat things that I wished I had room and money for, but couldn’t get. They had some moonshine and other locally made food items that I wanted to send back to family in Hawaii where I originally came from and I was happy to see they had sugar-free variations of those items for my mom and elder relatives (those aren’t too easy to find around here). Great sightseeing, and if I only had one stop I could make for fun in Wears Valley, it would be here.

After that, we were still hungry and ready for a proper lunch meal for the day. We debated between Hillbilly’s Restaurant and Geppetto’s Italian as we wanted to decide between a heavier food or an Italian kind of taste. We decided to go for a heavier food and went to Hillbilly’s. I thought the car on the sign was impressive enough, but I wasn’t expecting to see another one inside the restaurant! It wasn’t busy when we got in, so we got our food pretty quick. My husband had the Hillbilly Deluxe burger and I had the Little Granny’s (which was already 1/3 of a pound of hamburger and more than I could eat in one sitting, personally. If that’s the “Little” Granny, I wonder how big a “Big” Granny would be). The service was excellent and the sodas were crisp, which is a big thing for me and my husband, and after that it was time to take our trip to see the Foothills Parkway.

The video of that and the rest of the story are in the video link below. We did have a camera malfunction and some of our pictures didn’t come out right, but the video turned out well and other pictures that did come out right are attached. Thank you!”

– Ge’ne Kea

We got permission from Ge’ne Kea to post this blog here and on our other networks. Thank you Jeff and Ge’ne!

4th of July in the Smokies 2019

Now that Summer vacation season is starting in the Smokies, we wanted to get you acquainted with the big Summer event we all look forward to – the 4th of July celebrations. The size and popularity of the 4th of July events between Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg can not be understated and those who want to come to the Smokies for the event will want to begin planning as soon as you finish reading this post. It’s pretty much never too early to begin planning for the 4th of July in the Smokies!

So let’s cut to the chase. Here is the rundown for Fourth of July this year.

In Pigeon Forge, Patriot Park is having Patriot Fest starting at 12:00PM. The whole park becomes a center of activity with a huge sound stage, lots of activity, food tents, cooling off station, music by Marty Stuart and His Fabulous Superlatives, Whiskey Icarus, Pigeon Forge Community Chorus, Free Falling and more and much more until the fireworks start between 9:45PM to 10:00PM. See more at www.mypigeonforge.com;.

And Gatlinburg will be celebrating in true traditional fashion, and all your favorite activities from the Midnight Parade to the River Raft Regatta will be ready for you to enjoy! The Midnight Parade starts on 12:01AM, one minute past midnight right at the very start of the 4th of July. The following morning, ten hours later, registration for the River Raft Regatta will begin at Christ In The Smokies (10:00AM). some free music performances will go on at various times of the day at Ripley’s Aquarium in the Smokies, and the fireworks themselves will explode over the downtown area at about 10:00PM! See more on this at www.gatlinburg.com;.

Happy 4th of July everyone!

Final Spring Blowout in the Smokies!

To cut a long post short, this is the most active May and end of Spring we’ve had in years! Not only do we have more special events going on this end of Spring than we’ve had in quite a few Springs, but we have a huge amount of new attractions and additions opening in just the next few weeks throughout Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge and Sevierville.

Detailing all of them out would take up quite a bit of space and time, so this article will opt for a more minimalist listing with links for more information as needed. Get ready, there’s quite a bit!

* Dave & Buster’s Opening in Sevierville *
Now Open!
https://www.daveandbusters.com/locations/sevierville

* Buttonwillow Civil War Theater Spring Season *
Now Open!
https://www.buttonwillowcivilwartheater.com/

* Shrine Fun Fest Parade *
May 11, 2019
https://www.mypigeonforge.com/event/shrine-funfest-parade

* Sweets & Beats at The Island *
May 11, 2019
https://www.mypigeonforge.com/event/sweets-beats-island

* Dollywood Wildwood Grove Opening *
May 12, 2019
https://www.dollywood.com/themepark/Rides/Wildwood-Grove

* Gatlinburg SkyBridge Opening *
May 17, 2019
https://www.gatlinburgskylift.com/skybridge

* Sevierville’s Bloomin’ BBQ & Bluegrass Festival *
May 17, 2019 through May 18, 2019
https://www.bloominbbq.com/

* MayFest 2019 *
May 17, 2019 to May 27, 2019
https://obergatlinburg.com/event/mayfest-2019/

* Dollywood Barbecue and Bluegrass Festival *
May 24, 2019 to Jun 02, 2019
https://www.dollywood.com/themepark/Festivals/Barbeque-and-Bluegrass

* Pirate Voyage Dinner Theater Opening *
May 24, 2019
https://piratesvoyage.com/tag/pigeon-forge/

* National Enquirer Live! Museum Opening *
May 26th
https://www.nationalenquirerlive.com/

See more events and news going on in the Smokies at www.mypigeonforge.com, www.gatlinburg.com and www.visitsevierville.com. Get one last burst of Spring fun in the Smokies before it turns to Summer!

Enchanted Villa of the Smokies

The Enchanted Villa of the Smokies is a sprawling estate in the Great Smoky Mountains. As you drive down the long driveway towards this expansive estate, the tree swings, lush lawns, and expansive tree-lined grounds are sure to catch your eye. While you stroll this premier property, plan the perfect party or wedding reception!

Experience the best that nature has to offer, as well as the luxurious amenities of the best wedding venue in all of the Smoky Mountains. Enchanted Villa of the Smokies offers a beautiful rose garden, a fantastic concrete space for a tent and tables, a gorgeous deck, as well as plenty of privacy for your special occasion! Choose from romantic settings such as the gazebo, the French garden, the extended patio as well as four-foot-square fireplace for those special “I Dos”.

See more on Enchanted Villa of the Smokies at https://enchantedvillaweddings.com/.